Report claims Trump lawyer brokered $130000 payment to porn star

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Trumps longtime attorney Michael Cohen arranged for the payment through Cliffords lawyer, Keith Davidson, the Journal reported.

According to the paper, Clifford said "privately" the encounter with Trump took place during a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, a year after Trump married his wife, Melania. A White House official told the Guardian: "These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election". It isn't known whether Trump was aware of any agreement or payment involving her.

In addition to his own response, Cohen passed along a two-paragraph statement via email signed by "Stormy Daniels" denying any sort "sexual and/or romantic affair" with Trump.

Cohen called the allegations of an affair "outlandish" and "a false narrative". "You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011". This reportedly was after she and her lawyer negotiated a nondisclosure agreement to prevent her from publicly discussing the supposed sexual encounter with the billionaire businessman. (Reached through her representatives, Clifford did not immediately respond to a request for comment). The company said she was paid to write fitness columns and appear on magazine covers.

"Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false", said the statement. "But the fact of the matter is, these stories are not true", it said.

Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels appears during an autograph signing for Wicked Pictures at the 2012 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas on January 20, 2012. "Attorney-client privilege prohibits me from commenting on my clients' legal matters".

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Just days before the 2016 election, the Journal published a story stating that the National Enquirer — run by David Pecker, a fervid supporter of Trump — had paid $150,000 to silence former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal about a sexual relationship she allegedly had with Trump a decade ago.

This would have come as Trump was facing mounting allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate remarks, including the release of the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape.

This week, Cohen filed a "defamation action" against BuzzFeed News and its editor-in-chief over allegations about him that were published in the anti-Trump dossier compiled by a former British spy. As Trump took office, Cohen said he would work in private practice and act as Trump's personal attorney.

The Smoking Gun said Trump was among an-80 player field that included star athletes like Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, as well as entertainers such as Ray Romano and Cheech Marin.

In October 2016, The Smoking Gun reported on Trump's alleged relationship with Clifford, including a photo of the two together posted on Clifford's MySpace page. Mr. Cohen lashed at the Journal for releasing the report in his statement.

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